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Virginia for Kids
Virginia's the perfect destination for historic tours and hands-on experience of what life was like as far back as the 1600s. But thrill seekers will also enjoy the theme parks, caverns and boardwalk entertainment. Have you visited attractions in Virginia for kids? Rate your visit.

Attractions in Virginia for Kids:

  • America's Historic Triangle
    About an hour from Norfolk and Richmond, America's Historic Triangle includes three locations -- Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Lessons in history are abundant at the "birthplace of American democracy." Battlefields, recreated forts, replica ships and reenactments bring history to life for your kids.

  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg
    Next to Florida's Busch Gardens, this Virginia theme park is the only one of its kind. Rides, shows and kid-friendly areas that feature playgrounds, a 4-D Sesame Street movie and age-appropriate rides are just some of the park's highlights.

  • Poplar Forest
    This 4,819-acre plantation was home to Thomas Jefferson. It's now a National Historic Landmark open to the public for guided house tours and self-guided grounds exhibits. Families learn how bricks are made, how to write with a quill and children's areas feature colonial games from Jefferson's era.

  • Shenandoah Caverns
    A one-mile underground tour of limestone formations. Located two hours west of Washington, D.C., and two and a half hours northwest of Richmond.

  • Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
    This isn't your typical aquarium. See thousands of animals, plus unique exhibits that replicate life in the Red Sea, a Malaysian peat swamp and more. An IMAX theater is on-site. Located in Virginia Beach.

  • Virginia Beach Boardwalk
    This three-mile boardwalk has everyone's entertainment covered. Shops for mom. A fishing pier for dad. Amusement areas for the kids.

  • Virginia Safari Park
    Will a giraffe walk up to your car to say hello? It could be a zebra that decides to stop your tour by blocking your way. Go on a wild animal safari right in Natural Bridge, Virginia.

  • Water Country USA
    Virginia's largest water park is about a 45 minute drive from Virginia Beach and is right next door to Busch Gardens Williamsburg. There are plenty of special water play areas for kids and bigger kids will enjoy water slides hundreds of feet high.
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